Humza Yousaf MSP

Minister for External Affairs and International Development

Keith Brown is the ideal candidate for this deputy leader of the SNP. He's got a fine record in Government and his organisational skills are second to none; he's shown he can take complex Ministerial departments and get results from them - Housing, Transport, Schools, Apprenticeships and Veterans' Affairs have all benefited from his work and the growing membership of the SNP can benefit as well. He's trustworthy, charismatic and reliable; a great colleague to have and his experience and knowledge of Scottish politics mean that his advice is always worth taking.

I'm urging party members everywhere to get behind Keith and support an outstanding Scottish Government Minister and excellent Parliamentarian by voting for him as our Depute Leader to make sure the party responds well to the exciting but challenging times we find ourselves in now.

We had a good discussion about the opportunities on Sunday and about his ideas for taking the party forward; he's clearly put some thought into this and I was delighted to add a couple of my own, knowing that he'd listen."